woensdag 31 januari 2018

Void Generator – Prodromi


Void Generator – Prodromi
Phonosphera – 2017
Rock, Space, Kraut, Prog, Psych, Instrumental
Rated: ***

Yikes, open sourced recordings are dangerous to just put out there. You might mistake its galactic feedback noises for something unintentional, weird, crazy or even other worldly. Well, Void Generator does this on purpose. The Italian project releases four tracks titled Prodromi and will have you surfing along the cosmic vibrations in no time. We call it an instrumental release, which it is not. But because of its open mic recording, the vocals are barely audible. There is no denying that the tracks are there. Four damn fine progressive, krautish, psychedelic rockers. But the lo-fi sound does not help the band here. You will definitely immediately long to hear them live. As much as you will immediately long to hear a better recording of this. I’m not quite sure why they wanted to go this route. It makes their earlier Supersound release, properly recorded, sound errr, super. So why did they not just opt for the same production now? Sure, they might have picked up some of the sounds of creation, noises of the universe and resonances of everything. But to truly hear all of the oscillations you will need an orgone accumulator. And well, unfortunately, we’re out of those at the moment…

(Written by JK)





dinsdag 30 januari 2018

Vvlva – Path To Virtue


Vvlva – Path To Virtue
World In Sound – 2018
Rock, Hard, Psych, Prog, Kraut, Seventies
Rated: *****

Where you also amazed, wowed and enchanted by that three track EP Shaking Bones released by Vvlva in 2016? Well, we were. We were right there with them, kandy-kolored, elektrik and kool-aid guzzling! From those first seventies inspired tones to that final abrupt ending we were on board with Vvlva and loved their psychedelic hardrock. It had everything we love so dearly and we were longing to hear more. Well, here it is! The new album Path To Virtue will be released on February 16th and is one magical carpet ride! It is one big ‘yeah!’ and ‘groovy!’ from beginning to end. And it is one big psychedelic prog record like the greats of yore used to make. It sounds grandiose and gigantic in all its efforts. See me waving my arm around, gesturing like madman! You can't help it! This really makes you all warm and fuzzy inside! Giddy with glee! And as mentioned it is much more progressive than their earlier EP. Making every repeated listening session a new and colorful experience! It’s all happening man! Path To Virtue is the yellow brick road everybody needs to start walking. It will lead you to the majestic castle, and there, the show shall commence in all its glory! Path Of Virtue is the soundtrack to everything wild and wonderful you can imagine!

(Written by JK)



maandag 29 januari 2018

Stoner HiVe's Top 5 artists listened to last week...


Stoner HiVe's
Top 5 artists listened to last week...
After one completely packed week where we had little time to listen to the good stuff, we had some catching up to do. So, a lot of records got spun at least once. But the next five were on repeat the rest of the time. The debut effort Serrated by An Evening With Knives. We had to be able to sing along during the official album release party at the Area51 Skatepark last Friday. A great freakin night it was and an amazing album it is! Get your hands on Serrated and spin it loud! It has only been a few weeks that Ozium Records re-released Mad Marco, de debut effort by Avon. But Dave’s Dungeon, the sophomore release by the Alfredo Hernandez, James Childs and Charles Pasarell trio will be out on Heavy Psych Sounds in a few weeks. It is even better! On all fronts. What a ride! Another one on heavy rotation is Da Captain Trips. Their Adventures In The Upside Down came out a few months ago via Phonosphera. A majestic trip if ever there was one! Madness Is Too Pure released by The Sign Records is Swedish outfit MaidaVale’s second effort and is intensely atmospheric, with much more psychedelic and krautrock touches in respect to their first record. And well, it’s magnificent! Colorful melodies and crazy like glittering seventies gold! Remember Primoridal Soup by Olmeg? We loved their outsider approach to sludge, stoner, psych and space! Well, the cats are back with an eight-track record called Maladies. Which of course had to spun immediately! And so, should you! Perhaps grungier and a bit grimier, they still move outside the common realm. It crosses boundaries and defies frontiers. Yes, it’s Olmeg and they are radical and sick!



Da Captain Trips – Adventures In The Upside down


Da Captain Trips – Adventures In The Upside down
Phonosphera – 2017
Rock, Kraut, Space, Psych, Instrumental
Rated: ****

What lies before us, is a trip to the dangerous side. Are you prepared for Adventures In The Upside Down?! The instrumental Italian outfit Da Captain Trips released their sophomore album in the middle of 2017 and it is a damn fine expedition. So, bring your lengths of rope, pickaxes, shovels, knives and a towel, we are off on an adventure. Even though we might be heading for outer space for a lot of cosmic travelling, every planet we visit, every dimension we encounter, has different sets of reality that will require your very own fantasy to manifest itself upon its surroundings. Worldly and outer worldly, the seven tracks meander through all these incredible enchantments. Yes, we are going overboard with the ‘weirdness’, ‘out there’ and ‘cuckoo cuckoo’ chatter again. But that is what Da Captain Trips does to ya and even more so on Adventures In The Upside Down. Cause even though it definitely is one gigantic trip, the album is also cut from imagination itself and cut down to seven bitesize chunks of dream music. Either that, or the kool aid I was drinking was laced with something incredibly potent… So, you’d better bring Da Captain something good, climb on board, and rest assured… For in the way Da Captain smokes you know we will reach port…

(Written by JK)




zaterdag 27 januari 2018

An Evening With Knives live at Area51, Eindhoven


An Evening With Knives live at Area51, Eindhoven
Album release party 27-01-18

Area51 in Eindhoven is home to one of the biggest indoor skateparks of Europe. What a wonderful place to hold an album release party for three good ol’ boys from Eindhoven with some new massive tunes. We are talking about An Evening With Knives who wanted to celebrate the release of their full-sized debut album Serrated. An album that took its time to appear. Cause even though the crowdfunding project to get the thing sponsored was filled quickly; the band took its time. It even, for a moment, looked like a ‘take the money and run’ kind of deal. But in all seriousness, the drummer Ivo Jonkers, got badly injured during the celebratory night in honor of collecting enough dough to start recording. After hospitalization, it took quite some time before his knee was good enough again to start drumming. But now. Looking out across a sold-out crowd in Area51, the three boys can only smile and realize that they made it. Overcoming these difficulties only made the Serrated record better and improved An Evening With Knives to a serious degree… 



But before we are treated to some words of thanks and the new AEWK tunes we are treated to some heavy ruckus by Offerblok (Pronunciation: off her block. With a silent H.) Also, in part, from Eindhoven Rockcity this five-piece aims for the absolute dark heart of the sun. Doom, post and sludge metal, but with a black and dismal soul. The short set wavers between an intense, almost ritualistic experience and attention loss. For even though we never want musicians to take themselves too seriously, this kind of music usually benefits from seriousness. But of course, this is not an Offerblok show, but An Evening With Knives party, and therefor we forgive them all the smiles and laughs and jokes and just nod our heads to some damn fine twisted tunes and growling vocals….


And now for the bad news. We love Area51. The skatepark, the bar, the concert hall. It’s all good. But what’s up with the horrible beer? Goddamn. I had to try them all to find out there is not one good tasting option. And what was that completely pervasive smell? A sort of bitter honey scented tea smell? Was that also due to the beer? Or did a keg of tea get thrown into the ventilation system? 

Two minor points for an otherwise splendid venue and great night. An Evening With Knives gave us a damn fine set of older tunes and new ones. Their very own style of highly atmospheric almost emotional metal which rubs up against post metal and grabs some fine parts from sludge and doom is a very deep and intense ride. Slow dragging riffs and beautiful melodies trade places with thundering rumbles and murky tones. Just as much as the howls from vocalist Marco Gelissen battle with different layers of heaviness. It is highly admirable how these tracks all seem to exhume some sort of existential pain, anger or fear while still retaining some small glimmer of light. It’s hard to pick favorites during the set. All of them seem to have their merits. But as a fellow fan  stated at one point during the show, ‘Blind’s Man Guess is such an amazing song’. So we might be tempted to pick that one. For it is very true statement, but soon after came a new one that was just as good or even better. I think it was Fade Out. It definitely gave us the best view of the night; Matthijs Kropff, the Lighttown Fidelity owner, that puts out the vinyl, going absolutely wild to the track. That’s what we like to see and that’s what it’s all about. Love for music! And it speaks out in every fiber of the AEWK spirit. Yes, three good ol’ boys with some freaking great tunes. A very great way to celebrate the release of Serrated, which we will start spinning immediately!








vrijdag 26 januari 2018

Rodeo Drive – No Second Chance


Rodeo Drive – No Second Chance
Self released – 2017
Rock, Stoner, Grunge, Fuzz
Rated: ****

We never got around to mentioning Morbid Beauty back in 2014. The debut release by German outfit Rodeo Drive. Well, the trio is back now, with a three track EP called No Second Chance. Well, it is in fact our second chance to get the word out on this hefty ramshackle fuzz rock stoner team! A team that features on bass and vocals Hans Eiselt from Samsara Blues Experiment. (Who released that damn fine One With The Universe album that ended high in the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of 2017 thanks to all the voters.) I guess the Samsara Blues creeps wherever the Samsara Blues wants to creep; even though this time around the cat does get more dusty, creepy, grimy and grungy. Less spacey and less psychedelic as one might expect the trio works up quite the appetite for dirty stuff in the first two tracks. Which finds its much more groovy and funky release in the final Black Satire track. Which also definitely meanders on the soiled side of the street. I guess the Samsara Blues not only loves outer space, but also loves the gutter!

(Written by JK)



dinsdag 16 januari 2018

Emperor Guillotine – Robot Monster


Emperor Guillotine – Robot Monster
Self released – 2018
Doom, Stoner, Heavy Rock
Rated: ****

Emperor Guillotine is the brainchild of Dallas, Texas native Ben Randolph. Studying music for most of his life, he writes and records out of his home studio. Spending his teen years and early twenties going through a succession of bands that were disorganized, lacking focus, not very good or (usually) a combination of all of those traits, he decided to strike out on his own and do what he wanted. Influenced by classic heavy metal such as Black Sabbath, Ben created the Emperor Guillotine project to create music that reflects the purity, darkness and heaviness of the albums such as Master of Reality, Vol 4 and Sabotage. More modern influences include The Sword, Earth, Elder and Orchid. Unless otherwise noted, Ben does all writing, recording, programming, mixing and mastering for Emperor Guillotine. This mainly instrumental album, Robot Monster, plays like a soundtrack to an imaginary early 60’s film about the dangers of drug use and how the ‘kids’ were going feral from too much of the good stuff! Down-tuned stoner riffs rub shoulders with doomy compositions that are helped in no end by excellent use of vocal samples, slowed down and distorted into slurring narratives. Heavily fuzzed passages are relentlessly played over riffs that are made to get your head nodding. Screaming solos come in with a real ‘70’s style vibe that suits perfectly. Emperor Guillotine have produced a collection of tracks that should please anyone who worships the riff. And because they are good guys, it is name your price on Bandcamp.

(Written by Tony Maim)



maandag 15 januari 2018

Stoner HiVe's Top 5 artists listened to last week...


Stoner HiVe's
Top 5 artists listened to last week...
Shit, did you see all the albums that got voted for across 2017 for the Doom Charts? No less than 1250 albums! Ye gods! What a great year for heavy music it has been once again! And now, 2018 lays before us, has started and we have been grooving to a few damn fine records again! Void Commander’s Shrooming Widow has been on repeat over here. Another one of Sweden’s finest! Fuzz laden, low end riffage, with progressive touches and bluesy atmospheres. Avon’s reissue of Mad Marco, thanks to Ozium Records is still spinning. And so is the Journey Outside Of Time release by Gypsy Sun Revival. Nasoni Records grade A psychedelic blues and space rock adventure! When Madman Tony Maim speaks, we listen. So the new Kayleth release by Argonauta Records called Colossus is also stomping itself deep into our soul. Renegades by Porno Wolves is all you need when you love that seventies approach to all the modern heaviness floating around. These cats know how to cast a spell! So, be spellbound, captivated and enchanted! By all of ‘em!

Doom Charts - Best of 2017


Doom Charts

    “What is real? Because unceasingly we are bombarded with pseudo-realities manufactured by very sophisticated people using very sophisticated electronic mechanisms. I do not distrust their motives; I distrust their power. They have a lot of it. And it is an astonishing power: that of creating whole universes, universes of the mind. I ought to know. I do the same thing.” (Philip K. Dick)

As we close the curtains on 2017 and open the window to the brave new world of 2018, the Doom Charts gives you a look and a listen to the albums that shifted our realities and sent us tripping the cosmos during this crazy trip ‘round the sun. We are about to embark on our third year as a group of underground music bloggers, album reviewers, podcasters, and radio hosts. Let this be one of discovery and enlightenment as the doom-stoner scene continues to evolve, morphing into strange, fantastic, and frightening shapes of all kinds. Thanks to all of you loyal readers for being along for the ride! !

For this saga we bring you a tally which represent every last album submitted throughout the year to the Doom Charts engine. The results are real, this is math, it does not lie, it is unbiased. Live with it, enjoy it, and share it with your friends. Scroll all the way to the end for a comprehensive look at the amazing year of music 2017 brought to the heavy community.

Welcome to the Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio and podcasters, and album reviewers from the doom-stoner-heavy underground around the globe.  Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom, sludge metal, stoner-psychedelic and heavy rock albums.  The results are compiled and tabulated into the chart below.  This is a one-stop shop for the best new albums in the world…

vrijdag 12 januari 2018

Weedpecker – III


Weedpecker – III
Stickman Records - 2018
Stoner, Psychedelic Rock, Heavy Rock
Rated: ****

The Polish trippin’ stoners start off 2018 with an impressive release. On III, the four-piece group from Warsaw conjure dreamy psychedelic soundscapes and melodic fuzzed out riffs into a blissful, swirling haze.  And for once, the over used term “psychedelic” really applies here. This is a trip into a sonic landscape that made me forget the outside world and found me immersed on the journey that Weedpecker were taking me. Heavy when it needs to be, the riffs are natural and unforced and with great song compositions, the different tones and colours used really gel into a stunning album. Not since “A Storm In Heaven” by The Verve have I been transported to a place where I can escape to for 45 mins...

(Written by Tony Maim)




donderdag 11 januari 2018

Kayleth – Colossus


Kayleth – Colossus
Argonauta Records - 2018
Stoner, Space, Rock
Rated: ****

Italian space rockers Kayleth have an almighty epic record on their hands. Like the bastard son of Orange Goblin and Monster Magnet, this album sets out for outer space with heavy riffs, plenty of fuzz and enough attitude to destroy anything that stands in their way. Understated synth playing gives a sparkle and sheen to the song compositions without becoming just annoying “spacey sounds”. Yep, of course the lyrics are sci-fi themed but at the heart of things, Kayleth play heavy rock like it should be played – you know the score by now ….. big sound, massive production, meaty riffs and it fills me with the urge to stomp my feet and nod my head like a metronome running on bad drugs. Blast off with “Colossus”!

(Written by Tony Maim)




woensdag 10 januari 2018

Avon – Mad Marco


Avon – Mad Marco
Ozium Records – 2017
Rock, Stoner
Rated: ****

We've seen the different Kyuss members surface here, there or everywhere. But Alfredo Hernández was probably one of the more elusive ones. He did wild stints and wonderful things with loads of different projects. But nothing could really be called as his very own outlet; which might be a drummers curse. Brave Black Sea almost filled that spot; but was shortlived. Or was it? But immediately after came Avon. Featuring James Childs (Airbus, Lakota) and Charles Pasarell (Waxy, Lakota) with whom he already played on a couple of Vic Du Monte records. Is it an Alfredo project or a true three-piece if ever there was one. Well, they will soon release their new record Dave's Dungeon through Heavy Psych Sounds. So, the band is definitely on a roll! And their 2016 released record Mad Marco was a definite bullseye shot. And guess what, the righteous Ozium Records label took it upon themselves to spread the word even wider. A limited edition re-release with one extra track for those who missed out the first time around. A blue instead of a red cover; but with every dusty desert track still proudly rocking its majestic heritage. Seminal stoner that borders on the atavistic, but with enough psychedelic touches and pop sensible hooks to make you bop and nod. The groove runs deep and riffs flow like a cool breeze through the hot air. They are the best of the best and that is clearly audible on all the twelve tracks. The ending bonus track called Voidtronix is dreamy, atmospheric and has you on edge for the duration; waiting for a release. Waiting...  But it is Mad Marco! And Mad Marco does whatever the hell he wants!

(Written by JK)






dinsdag 9 januari 2018

Zom – Nebulos


Zom – Nebulos
Argonauta Records - 2018
Heavy Rock Stoner
Rated: ****

I like fuzz. I like it on my breakfast, I like it in my drinks. Hell, I like fuzz in my pants and in my head. Do I love fuzz more than my family? Hard to say. But fuzz has never made me get up at 3.00am because it heard a sound downstairs or announced on Sunday evening that a school project needs to be finished - you decide. Needless to say, Zom like a lot of fuzz. Fusing all that is great about dirty stoner rock’n’roll, they sound like the satan-spawned bastard offspring between Stoner, Hard Rock and attitude - which is to say fucking brilliant. This is punk blues powered by high octane riffs that are cranked out with scant disregard for niceties, urged on by a cleanish vocal style that has a passionate and urgent rasp to it. Precision, scalpel sharp solos are strewn over the songs in all the right places, giving you a collection of tunes that demand to be played again and again. And for a bonus in this day and age of heavier than thou, someone has remembered to write tracks with decent hook-lines that make the whole Nebulos album scream by in a satisfying blur of foot-stomping thuggery.

(Written by Tony Maim)



maandag 8 januari 2018

The W Likes – The W Likes


The W Likes – The W Likes
Self Released - 2017
Rock, Stoner, Desert Blues
Rated: *****

Up here on the top floor of Maim Towers, I look out over you, the little people and decide which words of wisdom to type, in the hope that my music choices can bring some hope into the lives you lead. I do get a lot of shit send that I have to sift through and within quite a short while, I can tell if I like it enough to review. But Stoner music is quite hard to rate. Just the very basic set up, the sound, the tunes etc mean that even an average band will have moments of toe tapping and head nodding. So when an album like The W Likes drops on my earphones, all of a sudden, the dross is blown away and the sheer excellence of this offering is plain to see. I will not give you a track by track review - I will get straight to the question you need to know: Is it any good? YEAH, IT’S FUCKING GREAT. Groove-ridden monster riffs, screaming solos, heavy backing, punk mixed with classic rock, stoner desert blues - this is the good shit. My heart has been lifted and my soul cleansed - much jumping up and down with added nodding power.

(Written by Tony Maim)




Stoner HiVe's Top 5 artists listened to last week...


Stoner HiVe's
Top 5 artists listened to last week...

After a month of only posts about the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown and all sorts of amazing albums from 2017 we are already one week into the new year. And of course we've been checking out some amazing new stuff. So, before we get cracking on all the new 2018 albums already out and soon to be released. We shall try to focus most of the remaining January months on the back catalogue that all deserves attention. And as we aim to do so, we listened some damn fine stuff.  What about the new cats from Eindhoven, that picked up the torch that Peter Pan Speedrock dropped when they quit. It's White Boy Wasted with their debut record The Dirty South Special out on Lighttown Fidelity. Speedrock, punk, hardcore and metal all mixed into a fastball of pure but filthy rock! Gypsy Sun Revival. Psychedelic rock that is both bluesy and spacey and will make you dream of the good times! Nasoni Records doing good stuff again! Mother Mars will captivate you with their interplanetary trip through the bluesy wastelands. On Lunar Highlands released through Pepper Shaker Records is big on fuzz, groove and Sabbathian doom. The re-release of Avon's Mad Marco album by Ozium Records will soon be mentioned, but for everyone who missed out the first time it was released, get it now. It's wild, wonderful and has an bonus track! And there is Stoned Therapists, who sound like they are continuing Queens Of The Stone Age songs we all know in a different way. Their self-released, self-titled album comes across as a different take on the Palm Desert, Rancho De La Luna songs. And we thank Frazer Jones and his magical Desert Psychlist for pointing us into their direction! So, onwards and upwards in 2018 and with already five damn fine record notches on our belt! Check'm out! Check'm all out!

zondag 7 januari 2018

The Doom Charts for December 2017


Doom Chart
“Take a little walk to the edge of town And go across the tracks Where the viaduct looms Like a bird of doom As it shifts and cracks Where secrets lie in the border fires In the humming wires Hey man, you know You’re never coming back” ~ Red Right Hand by Nick Cave

I carry my music with me like a secret curse, headphones carrying sacred sounds straight to my brain, drowning out the white noise of the all-around, the everyday tedium of life, the knowledge that I have not left a mark on the world, that I am just drifting along. But…. the music in these charts makes me live, escape, dream and walk tall. It is my drug of choice, my addiction, my release.

Welcome to the Doom Charts, representing some of the finest bloggers, journalists, radio and podcasters, and album reviewers from the doom-stoner-heavy underground around the globe.  Each month, our critics submit their picks for the best new doom, sludge metal, stoner-psychedelic and heavy rock albums.  The results are compiled and tabulated into the chart below.  This is a one-stop shop for the best new albums in the world…

December brings us 12 brand new entries, essentially splitting the chart in half as seems to be the trend. It’s been a busy month in more ways than one, between compiling  favorites of the year lists on our respective blogs and social media accounts, holidays with friends and families, and also new releases seemed to be dropping left and right up until the very end. Stay tuned for the Doom Charts year end finale coming shortly where we’ll feature the best of the best for 2017, as voted by our trusty contributors here at Doom Charts.

Aah yes, the December Doom Charts have been out for a week! Did you check everything out yet? Better get on it fast! Cause soon the overall Doom Charts of 2017 shall be up and running! Check'm out! Check'm all out!

Stoner HiVe's Top 50 artists listened to last year...


Stoner HiVe's
Top 50 artists listened to last year...

1     Soundgarden
2     Automatic Sam
3     Millionaire
4     John Garcia
5     Queens of the Stone Age
6     Royal Thunder
7     Madrugada
8     Greenbeard
9     Doublestone
10     Freedom Hawk
11     Jegulja
12     phe
13     Colour Haze
14     Amy Macdonald
15     Universal Hippies
16     Horisont
17     Disastroid
18     Grande Royale
19     Moholy-Pop
20     SautruS
21     Warporn Industries
22     Mutants
23     Purple Hill Witch
24     Carnaval
25     Woodhawk
26     Clear Light
27     Loading Data
28     The Souldiggers Band
29     War Cloud
30     Bartek
31     Buddha Sentenza
32     Spidergawd
33     The Naked Sweat Drips
34     Bokassa
35     Chris Cornell
36     Clouds Taste Satanic
37     Cortez
38     Meteor Chasma
39     Red Scalp
40     Sons of Morpheus
41     Spaceslug
42     Uffe Lorenzen
43     Vermilion Whiskey
44     Vokonis
45     Brant Bjork
46     Crossplane
47     Lethe
48     My Midnight Creeps
49     Radio Moscow
50     Somali Yacht Club

JK’s Personal Top 20


JK’s Personal Top 20

We do the Doom Charts. We love it. It is another way to get more attention for all those amazing albums released every month. But there are so many more albums that deserve attention. That is why I implore all of you to check out the other blogs, listed at the bottom of the Doom Charts. All of the contributors do majestic work on the respective sites. And over here, the HiVe, we do what we can. But we must confess, it's hard to keep up. With all the great music and all the annoying stuff that also demands attention. So, now and again, when another project comes up, we shall be on pause again. Unfortunately. But that is the nature of this game. Shit, I'm getting ahead of myself and away from what we should be discussing. How about shutting up and letting go the list of personal favorites! Here it is! (And remember, released in December 2016 also counts!)

1. Red Mountains – Slow Wander
2. Greenbeard – Lödarödböl
3. Elder – Reflections of A Floating World
4. Monolord – Rust
5. Spaceslug – Time Travel Dilemma
6. Purple Hill Witch – Celestial Cemetry
7. Doublestone – Devil's Own
8. War Cloud – War Cloud
9. Meteor Chasma – A Monkey Into Space
10. Red Scalp – Lost Ghosts
11. Chelsea Wolfe – Hiss Spun
12. Sean Wheeler – Desert In My Blood
13. Paradise – Yellow
14. The Mad Doctors – No Waves, Just Sharks
15. Vuelveteloca – Sonora
16. Sautrus – Anthony Hill
17. Automatic Sam – Arcs
18. Motorpsycho – The Tower
19. Disastroid – Screen
20. All Them Witches – Sleeping Through The War
21. Phe – Phe
22. Jegulja – Darkest Light
23. Carnaval – Miss Universe
24. Woodhawk – Beyond The Sun
25. Radio Moscow – New Beginnings

zaterdag 6 januari 2018

Tony Maim’s Personal Top 20


Tony Maim’s Personal Top 20

Madman Tony Maim, Black Flag addict and master of ceremonies on Black Insect Laughter has ofcourse sent his Personal Top 20 our way as well. We all know that he turned down the laughter on his music blog to focus on photography. He featured some on his Dead Dreams And Feedback  blog. But for the most part he posts them on his Facebook page. And he is ofcourse still sending stuff to the HiVe, which we are truly honored to receive. Hey, and if you follow the Doom Charts, you know he is still very active there as well. Did you read the fine intro piece he wrote for the December 2017 edition of the Doom Charts? Here are the madman's favorite albums of 2017!


Albums Of The year 2017

1. Radio Moscow – New Beginnings
2. Heavy Stone – Black Magic
3. Goya – Harvester Of Bongloads
4. Ground – 1
5. Hark – Machinations
6. Ruby The Hatchet – Planetary Space Child
7. Monolord – Rust
8. Nibs – Towards The Glow
9. Mastodon – Emperor Of Sand
10. The Black Wizards – What The Fuzz!
11. Cross Highest Trip – Vision Without Execution and Hallucination
12. Caskets Open – Follow Nothing
13. Dopelord – Children Of The Haze
14. Earth Witch – Out Of The Shallow
15. Vinnum Sabbathi – Gravity Works
16. Wayfaring Strangers – Acid Nightmares
17. Eygpt – Cracks and Lines
18. Sasquatch – Manueuvers
19. Spaceslug – Time Travel Dilemma
20. Cloud Catcher – Trails Of Cosmic Dust
21. Astral Mass – S/T
22. The Obsessed – Sacred
23. Samsara Blues Experiment – One With The Universe
24. With The Dead – Love from With The dead
25. Youngblood Supercult – The Great American Death Rattle


Albums that had no place in this chart but feature high in my own list that might not be stoner/doom!

Antibalas – Where The Gods Are In Peace
At The Drive In – In*ter*a*ll*a
The Bronx – V
Idles – Brutalism
Integrity – Howling, For The Nightmare Shall Consume
Nick Cave – Lovely Creatures/The Best of
Thurston Moore – Rock’N’Roll Consciousness
Unsane – Sterilise
Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers

Doktor420’s – Personal Top 20


Doktor420’s – Personal Top 20

Our very own guru, the giver of names and the one with the right amount of fingers on the pulse of the heavy underground. And yes, ofcourse he sent his very own Top 20 for the Countdown to us. And although he wants to mention that there are still albums being added to this day, since a lot of albums came out after the deadline closed. Or because he had not yet heard them before the deadline closed. Well, we all know the deal. And we all still have work to do. About 2017, years passed and all that lays before us! Doktor420's Personal Top 20 !


"Must haves!"

1. Half Gramme of Soma - Groove is Black
2. Mother Engine - Hangar
3. Flying Eyes - Burning The Season
4. Sunderfeet - Nightmare for myself
5. Hermelin - Tüdelüt
6. Arbouretum - Song of the Rose
7. Black Angels - Death Song
8. Kalamata - Disruption
9. Green Yeti - Desert Show
10. Solus - Satya Yuga
11. Grotto - Circle of Magi
12. IAH - IAH
13. Pontiak - Dialectic of Ignorance
14. Ringo Jets - Assorted
15. Vibravoid - Mushroom Mantras
16. Bentrees - Psychollage
17. Book of Wyrms - Sci​-Fi​  ​Fantasy
18. Elder - Reflections of a Floating World
19. Hypergiant - Father Sky
20. I, Captain - Tiid


"Should haves!" No ranking, in alphabetical order.

Ball - Ball
Black Pussy - Power
Brutus - Burst
Causa Sui - Vibraciones Doradas
Comacozer - Kalos Eidos Scopeo
Crystal Fairy - Crystal Fairy
Dool - Here Now, There Then
DSW - Tales From The Cosmonaut
Electric Moon - Stardust Rituals
Farflung - Unwound Cellular Frown
Gone Is Gone - Echolocation
Hallucination Generation - On the Playground
Hazy Sea - Electric Abyss
Holyweed - Tales Of The Stoned
I Am The Liquor - 7 Days Of Smoke
King Zog - King Zog
Knall - Free Album
Knall - raubkatze auf 12 uhr
Lo-Pan - In Tensions EP
Mars Era - Dharmanaut
Millionaire - Sciencing
Mondstaubmaschine - Monolith
Moon Circle - The Cosmic Penguins EP
Moon Duo - Killing Time
Moon Duo - Occult Architecture vol.1
Motorpsycho - The Tower
Necromancers - Servants Of The Salem Girl
Palehorse ̸ Palerider - Burial Songs
Papir - V
Puta Volcano - Harmony of Spheres
Quantum Fantay - Tessellation of Euclidean Space
Royal Thunder - Wick
SautruS - Anthony Hill
Six Sigma - Tuxedo Brown
Sons Of Morpheus - Nemesis
Spaceslug - Time Travel Dilemma
Steak - No God To Save
Supasonic Fuzz - Without...
Uffe Lorenzen - Galmandsværk
Vuelveteloca - Sonora
Weed Greed - Analog Eternity
Youngblood Supercult - The Great American Death Rattle
Zone Six - Forever Hugo
Zong - Zong

vrijdag 5 januari 2018

The Red Lantarn


The Red Lantarn

Due to the fact that the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown is a weighted list and not every lovely freak out there sends in their list as a Top 20. We only count the albums that receive a Number 20 spot on any of the lists sent in as a contender for the Red Lantarn. And this year, there was only ONE album that received only one vote as a Number 20 spot on someones list. Every other band received more votes or wasn't voted as a Number 20 spot. Thanks to William J Miller, that honor goes to....

Moons - Friday The 13th




The One Tardy List



The One Tardy List

As you will be able to see on the One Tardy List. A list that was not counted for the Top 20 Countdown; not everyone sends in their list as a Top 20. In which case we give them the middle amount of points possible. If like the one below you detail a bit of it. We count the ones detailed as above middle points and the not detailed part as below middle points. And he is right, it is almost or completely impossible to select which album should be Number 5 or 7 on your list. Here is Andrew's list. A list that unfortunately came two days late and was therefor not counted as a Top 20 list...




Hey Guys, This is a very difficult task, getting down to 20 in a specific order is much trickier than I anticipated. Thanks so much for always making these lists.

No specific order
Tried narrowing down
*- top 10

*Dead Mans Blues Fuckers – Phase II
*The Obsessed – Sacred
*Elder – Reflections of a Floating World
*Greenbeard – Lödarödböl
Kadavar - Rough Times
Kal-El - Astrodoomeda
Ruby The Hatchet - Planetary Space Child
*The Midnight Ghost Train - Cypress Ave
*Cortez – The Depths Below
Clan – Carnivores
Youngblood Supercult - The Great American Death Rattle
Troubled Horse - Revolution on Repeat
*Demon Head – Thunder on the Fields
Duel – Witchbanger
*Wounded Giant – Vae Victis
Summoner – Beyond The Realm Of Light
Steak – No God To Save
Stonerror - Stonerror
Savannah – The Healer
Samsara Blues Experiment - One With The Universe
*Ordos – House Of The Dead
*Mastodon – Emperor of Sand
I am The Liquor – 7 Days of Smoke
*Spaceslug – Time Travel Dilemma, Mountains & Reminiscence
Colour Haze – In Her Garden
Whitenails - First Trip
Beerwolf - Planetfall
Stone Cream - Slaves of Doom
Mothership - High Strangeness
Slumber Dust - Slumber Dust
Fall of an empire – Croweater 2 - The Last Wishes of Kings
Howling Giant – Black Hole Space Wizard - Part 2

Happy New Year!!
Andrew

donderdag 4 januari 2018

Onwards and Upwards in 2018 !


Onwards and Upwards in 2018 !

As promised a little more data and stuff about the Stoner HiVe Top 20 countdown of 2017. In the end 91 of the 92 lists that you lovely freaks sent in were counted. One list came in a few days too late to be used. The amount of albums voted for was no less than a total of 494 albums. Although some of those votes were cast for albums released in 2016; and not just in December 2016. Below are the numbers 21 to 100. With Clouds Taste Satanic and their amazing The Glitter Of Infinite Hell record missing one point to make it to the Top 20 and Solus missing 104 points to do the same. To be fair, those are the 80 bands featured below the Top 20. A lot of which received the same amount of votes. So, if you would really move to Number 100 in points you would end up with an extra list of 94 albums that would end with the DoolHere Now, There Then record. But let's stick with this list. Either way, it was a damn good year for heavy music once again!


R.I.P. – Street Reaper
The Age Of Truth – Threshold
Spirit Adrift – Curse Of Conception
Devil's Witches – Velvet Magic
Ball – Ball
Mephistofeles – ( ( ( I ‘ M H E R O I N ) ) )
Beerwolf – Planetfall
Deadly Vipers – Fueltronaut
The Doomsday Kingdom – The Doomsday Kingdom
Demon Eye – Prophecies And Lies
Wucan – Reap The Storm
Zong – Zong
Hey Satan – Hey Satan   
The Judge – Tell it to the Judge
Demonic Death Judge – Seaweed
The Necromancers – Servants Of The Salem Girl
Amenra – Mass VI
Pagan Altar – Room Of Shadows
Smokey Mirror – Smokey Mirror
Heavy Temple – Chassit
Vuelveteloca – Sonora
Les Lekin – Died With Fear
Rescue Rangers – Join Hate
Grotto – Circle of Magi
Shadowmaster – Shadowmaster
Acid Witch – Evil Sound Screamers
Astral Mass – Astral Mass
Moon Mother – Riffcraft
Hela – Death May Die
Code Orange – Forever
Dvne – Asheran
Dead Quiet – Grand Rites
Black Road – Black Road
The Quill – Born from Fire
Sraunus – Atmospheric Insomnia
Whitenails – First Trip
Procession – Doom Decimation
Tuna de Tierra – Tuna de Tierra
Monarch – Never Forever
Cardinals Folly – Deranged Pagan Sons
Brutus – Burst  
Solus – Satya Yuga

maandag 1 januari 2018

Number 1



Number 1


We have arrived at the Number One spot. The Gold Medal. The Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown that started on December 13th ends today, on the First of January of 2018. We jump another seventy points from Monolord and their amazing Rust album on Number Two to reach the top position. An album by a band that has made the Number One position every year they released an album. (Well, since 2011) So, they must be doing something absolutely right for all you lovely freaks out there. You gals and guys voted this album to be the best one released this year. As you did back in 2011 and in 2015. Well. There is no need to beat around the bush here, we all know what is coming. The Boston trio released another thrilling album that kept us spinning the record until the needle ran through the groove. Their mixture of psychedelic rock, heavy stoner and epic metal has you soaring through all the marvelous dreams they evoke. The progressive nature of the music they create has them searching for new boundaries every time again. Hence, guest spots were filled during the making of this album and the trio became a quartet or even a quintet. Adding extra guitar, keys and pedal steel to the sound, and adding vibrancy and lushness to a sound that already seemed to have everything. It is riff-awesome, tasty melodic, soulful and catchy metal. But above all, the tectonic tension arcs that we know this band to deliver have evolved into something other worldly. It seems to reflect something completely different and perhaps upside down. So yes, there can be only, and now,  right before everyone around the globe has celebrating the coming of 2018 we present to you the Number One Spot, The Gold Medal according to all the lovely freaks that voted... Here it is... 


Elder - Reflections of a Floating World